In 2015, CEO and Founder, Yavilah McCoy envisioned an organization where Black women and people of color could gather across intersectional identities to experience meaningful labor and meaningful rest. She envisioned an organization that would practice racial equity and uphold social justice values within a system, structure, leadership and culture that centered and empowered Black women’s BEING. Over close to a decade of service, Dimensions continues to uphold this liberatory vision by providing training, programming and community development models that support the engagement of “Liberatory Practice.
Dimensions is a Black women and people of color led nonprofit that provides training and consultancy in diversity, equity, and inclusion alongside community development programs for emerging Black women leaders.
Dimensions’ trainings and projects support multiracial, multicultural, and multifaith leaders in reflecting, innovating, strategizing, collaborating, and producing deeper equity and healing in themselves and the world around them. At Dimensions we assist leaders in recovering a deeper sense of their humanity through relationships.
Our Approach to Support Our Leaders
Foster Partnerships: Improving each leader’s ability to assess their organization’s current progress and entry points to the work of equity and inclusion; facilitate the ability to connect with peers across organizations in parallel positions.
Clarify and Address Implicit and Explicit Biases:
Support leaders in acknowledging and understanding their own personal and unintentional biases. Teach how to recognize when these biases arise and educate on approaches that will assist leaders in preventing these from influencing their decision-making and approach to building multicultural community partnership, trust, and collaboration.
Map The Moment: Expand each leader’s understanding of the current “movement moment.” Support leaders in understanding how diversity, equity, and inclusion work, in its complexity, applies in an ongoing way to individuals, organizations, and a broader field.
Develop Common Understanding:
Develop an increased and shared understanding (a common language) for the meaning of diversity, equity and inclusion and how this affects each organization’s understanding of its work and potential for collaboration and partnership.
Commit to Achieving Equity and Inclusion Goals :
Support leaders and organizations in setting a trajectory for diversity and equity goals to be reached with staff, Board members, and partners that can be integrated within all aspects of an organization’s work.
Clarify Values and Commitments:
Support each organization in the development of a values statement that can embed diversity, equity and inclusion commitments and update current policies and practices to align with those values.
Develop a Collaborative Culture and Approach:
Support leaders in developing a higher functioning, more collaborative organization with a genuine commitment to social justice and equity and possess the skills to better engage reciprocally in work to educate and build community with the next generation of leaders.